The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's independent expenditure arm on Wednesday is launching its first television ad of the election cycle against firebrand Rep. Allen West (R) in Florida's newly configured 18th district.
The 30-second spot hews to the standard Democratic line of attack, knocking West for voting in favor of House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's budget plan, which would fundamentally change the way future seniors interact with Medicare. The Wisconsin Republican is GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's running mate.
"I have to say it as it is," West says in a clip at the beginning of the ad.
"But what's behind the talk?" a female narrator asks. "Allen West voted for Paul Ryan's plan that would essentially end Medicare," she says. "And leave seniors at the mercy of the insurance industry."
"Behind Allen West's talk," the narrator intones at the end of the spot, "a plan that ends Medicare and overwhelmingly benefits the rich."
West faces political newcomer Patrick Murphy (D) in a battle that, at its essence, will be a referendum on the Congressman.
The DCCC ad, unlike some of Murphy's most memorable ads, hits West for his votes, not his words.
The new spot is backed by about $250,000 on broadcast television in the West Palm Beach media market.
Roll Call rates the 18th district race as Leans Republican.